school, shelves, & skincare by megan

Hey y’all! How’s Tuesday? Mine’s good so far…calm and relaxing. Still loving my Hempmilk oats and the book of Romans this week πŸ™‚

“Our lives get in step with God and all others by letting him set the pace, not by proudly or anxiously trying to run the parade.”Romans 3: 28

I spent the morning and early afternoon with my sister running errands concerning school…parking decal pick-up to be exact. I can’t believe school starts next Monday, August 24. Technically, it starts August 26 for me. I only have class on Wednesday this semester because I am only taking 5 hours…don’t ask. But I student teach in the Spring and graduate in May! So believe it or not I am actually looking forward to this semester…I will have a light load for once. Phew!

In other news! I have been meaning to bring this up… in mid summer my parents decided to buy a lot in our favorite area of New Orleans-Lakeview. I am very excited about this move…I will have the chance to walk to the grocery, to have coffee, or to lunch/dinner! And, I will be able to bike places as well, which I am most excited about! My dad has already said each family member will own a bike. Where we live currently we are not able to bike or walk anywhere…it is a very car friendly area, so to speak. Anyway, we have a corner lot and I am so excited about the planning that comes with building/designing a home! Even if I may not be living in it for too long after I graduate…who knows, though! Of course I have been searching home decor magazines and websites frequently for my bathroom and bedroom ideas. So, far I most definitely know I want a built-in bookshelf in my bedroom. I have a closet bursting with books…novels, school books, childrens literature, magazines, etc. These are a few built-in shelves I am loving…

But, I think this one is meant for a living room or library even…

I just love the idea of looking at my wall and being able to look at my book collection! I want to showcase my books, instead of hide them in my closet or in containers under my bed. I also want a window seat in my new bedroom and I would love my walls painted bright blue, like Carrie’s new apartment…

…with one wallpapered wall. But, I will leave these topics of wallpaper, paint, and windows for later posts! Especially since the home will not be complete for at least another year.

Concerning my new skincare regime I am hoping to begin…I am thinking about investing in this moisturizer that I read about in my new Body + Soul.

It’s called RareMinerals and is new from Bare Escentuals and it is all natural. It is clinically proven to plump skin and retain moisture resulting in healthier looking skin. It is described as being very light without the greasy feeling some moisturizers leave behind. You can read more about this product here at Sephora, if you are interested like myself. I may have to run into Sephora or About Face(a local makeup boutique here that sells Bare Escentuals) later this week.

I hope y’all are having a wonderful Tuesday!!

cupcakes by megan

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Before I get into the cupcakes (!!)…Happy Monday! So far my morning has consisted of oats, coffee, Regis & Kelly (Lucy Bustamante was co-hosting with Regis…she’s a newscaster down here and she was super great this morning), gym, and blog reading. Phew! And, let me add that my oats this morning were superb…topped with Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter & blueberries and made with Living Harvest Unsweetened Vanilla Hempmilk. Holy Yum…is Hempmilk delicious, or what? It made my oats super creamy. Total love for Hempmilk now!

On to other matters...skincare. I have been contemplating investing in a skincare line for a few weeks now. I see a dermatologist randomly (my skin is clear) and I have prescription face creams- Tazorac and Benzaclin. Although these creams have worked wonders on my skin, sometimes these truly dry out my face. It’s just so uncomfortable. If y’all have any recomendations please let me know! I would love a good moisturizer, essentially.

Dinner was great last night…Giada’s salmon with puff pastry and pesto recipe was delicious. I was a little skeptical about the puff pastry part, but it actually turned out really delicious. And the presentation of the salmon, tomato, green pesto combo was really gorgeous. But the star of the night were the cupcakes from the Kupcake Factory!

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We orderd half a dozen- 2 Red Velvet, 2 Wedding Cake, and 2 Chocolate Cake with Vanilla frosting. Lizzy and I could not decide between the Wedding Cake and the Red Velvet so we cut them each in half to share. The icing was super sweet on both…I am not a huge fan of super sweet icing, but I enjoyed every last bite! The Red Velvet cake was so moist…it was Lizzy’s favorite. I loved the Red Velvet but if I had to choose I would pick the vanilla- almond flavor of the Wedding Cake as my favorite! While my mama said the Chocolate with Vanilla frosting was her favorite! I can’t wait to try different flavors…like the Sweet Praline Cupcake (a buttermilk cake topped with housemade creamy pralines with a caramel cream cheese frosting) and the Reese’s Peices Cupcake (a brownie chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting rolled in reese’s peices candy bits). You can drool over the other flavors and photos here! That Pumpkin Cupcake sounds perfect for fall! So, all in all last night was a wonderful night filled with food and family…told ya I love Sundays πŸ™‚

Happy Monday!!